After college, I spent my first summer dancing with Choreographer Michele Assaf in Italy and served as her assistant at the World Dance Movement in Tropea, Italy. Upon returning from Italy, I moved to New York City and was represented by Clear Talent Agency. I have studied with: Desmond Richardson, Mandy Moore, David Howard, Finus Young, Mia Michaels, Ray Leaper, Adam Parson, Wes Veldink, Frank Hatchett, Rhonda Miller, Chris Jacobson, Sonya T, Mark Meismer, Dee Caspery, Tina Caspery, Suzi Taylor and many more. During college and for a number of years after I was a member of Seamless Dance Theater.
I have a passion for teaching and much to share with the dance world. So, in January 2012, Above the Barre Dance Academy opened its doors. I hope you will consider experiencing the difference and become a part of the ATB family.
Jennifer Jarman Assistant Director
I began dancing at the age of 6 in Oak Grove, MO. I competed locally and nationally at Starz Studio Performing Arts Center until I was 14, then moved to Olathe, KS and continued competing at Starstruck Performing Arts Center during high school. Growing up dancing in Kansas City, I have enjoyed the opportunities to perform at Starlight Theater, Worlds of Fun, as well as during half time at numerous Chiefs games. I spent all of my summers in high school taking class at Edge Performing Arts Center in LA, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York. My senior year I was awarded the "Dance with the Force" scholarship at Edge where I studied with artists such as Dee Caspary, Mandy Moore, JT Horenstein, Terri Best, Doug Caldwell, Justin Giles, Mark Meismer, Adam Parsons, Ray Leeper, and Mia Michaels.
I graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a Bachelor in Fine Arts majoring in Modern and Ballet. I was given the opportunity to perform as a lead in Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Robert Battle's, "The Hunt". During college I performed locally with Seamless Dance Theater and also expanded my education, traveling to Chicago as much as possible. I took many classes and intensives with dancers from River North, Hubbard Street, and Deeply Rooted.
I have been teaching at recreational and competitive levels for years and am so excited to have a home with Above the Barre Dance Academy.
I fell in love with dance when I was
a junior in high school and have been training ever since. I spent my
first two years at Above the Barre Dance Academy and am 2019 graduate of
the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Dance and Music
where I am studied ballet and modern. I have had many opportunities to
perform in the community and take master classes both through Above the
Barre and now at UMKC with well known choreographers of all demographics
and style. I have traveled across the country with both organizations
to preform and take class and expand my knowledge. I am passionate not
just about teaching, but learning as well. I take class all week long
and get the privilege to pass on the things I learn to my students,
while taking my own approach on teaching. Dancing has shaped the person I
am and I am fortunate to be able to share that impact and bring joy to
others through this art and teach eager students.
Mrs. Wilson’s formal training began in Leawood, Kansas at DanceWorks Conservatory, under the direction of Sharon Romine, Nicole Romine, and Loren Whittaker. Alexandra received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet and Modern from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she was a scholarship student all four years. Prior to becoming a company member for Störling Dance Theater, Alexandra was a Guest Artist for Second Wind Dance Company in Virginia and also had the privilege of working with Jelon Vieira of Dance Brazil. Mrs. Wilson has performed works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Paula Weber, DeeAnna Hiett, Jennifer Medina, Rodni Williams, Sabrina Madison-Cannon and Loren Whittaker. Mrs. Wilson has toured Europe twice with Young Tanzsommer, and had her choreography performed there as well. Alexandra’s choreography has been performed by many studios and has won National awards. She has appeared as a dancer in movies, "Trust Fund " and "Three Blind Saints". Alexandra has taught all over Kansas City, including The Culture House, Wynn Twins, Kansas School of Classical Ballet, Dramatic Truth, Glenda Brown Choreography Project, and Storling Dance Theater Intensive. She was named Miss Kansas Drill Team 2002, and was the technique teacher for Blue Springs Color Guard. Alexandra has taught Summer school dance programs for the Blue Springs District, and drill team camps for Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission Districts. She teaches Horton Modern and Jazz for Storling Dance Theater’s Artist Development Program. She is the Advanced Jazz Instructor and leader/mentor for Infinity (Junior company) for The Culture House.
Alexandra has been a company member of Störling Dance Theater since 2006. Some memorable roles with Störling Dance Theater include: Hannah,the Quaker, Mrs. Walker, and Elise Walker(Underground), Gabrielle, Arcangle (Child of Hope) Roxy (Prodigal Daughter) First Wife (Suspended Grace) Kamikaze Mama, Mother and lead City soloist/pas de deux (Butterfly) and soloist in Storling Dance Theater’s collaboration with Spire Ensemble.
Alexandra is the proud wife to Jereme Wilson, and mother to her three children, Alaina, Victoria and Julian. Many thanks to her family for their love and support. She is extremely thankful to God for the opportunity to share her Godgiven talents and passion for dance with audiences and her students on a daily basis.
Valerie Elazegui Faculty
Valerie Elazegui (Val) grew up at the Dance Factory in Topeka, KS. She moved to Olathe with her husband in 2013 and began her journey with Above the Barre Dance Academy. Val has trained with choreographers in many styles of dance, but some of her favorites include Al Blackstone and Laurie Johnson (tap); and Misha Gabriel and Marty Dew (hip hop). Val has been a teacher, choreographer, and coach for 15+ years winning national titles, championships, choreography awards, and more. While Val has earned many accolades as a dancer and teacher/choreographer, her greatest accomplishments in life can be seen in her children, Evelynn and Eliza. Nothing can compare to the joy she experiences watching them on stage. Val believes whole-heartedly in the vision and goals of Above the Barre Dance Academy and couldn't be more honored to teach alongside such influential, and incredible role models and friends every day... Family first, family forever, family on purpose.
Other faculty and Staff
Lauren Finke: Recreational Faculty Sarah Wamser: Office manager Anne Kennedy: Costume Manager Reagan: Social Media
Elaine Kimble-Peaks Matt Luck Maddi Burg Nick Gomez Hailey Hoffman Ricky Maalouf